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10 Rare Quarters to Look for in Your Coin Jar

Ever wonder if that coin jar laying around your house has any value? Or are you new to coin collecting? Here is a list of ten rare quarters you want to be on the lookout for that either hold some historical significance or are worth more than face value.

  1. 2004 Wisconsin state quarter with extra leaf

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The 50 State Quarters series ran from 1999 until 2008, with special designs representing each state. Wisconsin’s quarter came out in 2004; the reverse design features a cow, a wheel of cheese and a partially husked ear of corn. Some the coins have an extra line below the front left leaf, which looks like another leaf entirely. There are two varieties you should be looking out for: the high leaf and low leaf

 

  1. 2005 Kansas state quarter, ‘In God We Rust’

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On the obverse of this quarter you will see what appears to be saying ‘Rust’ instead of ‘trust’. While it might seem like a mint employee’s rogue political statement, these coins are actually just the result of grease preventing a clean pressing.

 

  1. State quarters on nickel planchets

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These coins can show up in any year, but seem to be more common in the first year Delaware, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Georgia coins. Accidentally struck on Nickel planchets, these coins are slightly smaller than a regular quarter. Error coin diameter size = 21.2mm. Regular quarter size = 24.3mm.

 

  1. 2006 Colorado cud errors

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Cud errors, a damaged area resembling a blob on the surface of a coin, are found on the reverse side of the quarter. These quarters were released by the Philadelphia mint.

 

  1. 2007 Wyoming doubled die reverse

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This lesser-known error was minted in Philadelphia and sometimes can be hard to spot with the naked eye. With magnification, varied doubling around the saddle horn can be seen.

 

  1. 2009 District of Columbia doubled die reverse

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Some quarters minted in Denver exhibit doubling on the “ELL” in “ELLINGTON.

 

  1. Early silver Washington quarters

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The earlier coins, minted 1932 through 1940 are valued higher as a collectible in circulated condition. Two specific coins you might hope to find are the 1932-D, in heavily worn condition it is worth $39. The other is the 1932-S, a $48 coin in “Good” condition.

 

  1. One side of a quarter has a copper color

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Every clad coin, which includes State Quarters, is comprised of three layers of metal. Both outer layers are made of an alloy consisting of 75 percent copper, 25 percent nickel. It is this alloy that gives clad coinage the silver-like appearance. The center layer consists of pure copper.

Occasionally, one or both of the outer layers separate from the copper core because of a failed bond between layers. When one of the outer layers peels off, the copper core is exposed, and it is this copper core that is struck by the die.

 

  1. 2001 double struck quarter

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The coin design of George Washington’s head was struck not once, but twice on this quarter. The result is a double design with two “United States of America” letterings and two partial Washington heads. The reverse side has two castings of the Statue of Liberty and outline of the state of New York.

 

  1. Uncirculated State Quarters

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In the early 2000’s, many people were hoarding uncirculated $10 rolls of state quarters. As mentioned earlier, these quarters rolled out between 1999-2008. Once the economy worsened in 2008, many people began giving up their hoards. This increased demand for uncirculated rolls of state quarters. For certain in-demand states, you can get up to $50 per roll. Look for rolls from Georgia, Connecticut, Tennessee, and Illinois.


Think you might have one or more of these coins but are unsure? Or you have a different interesting coin that isn’t listed? Download the Lookzee app on Google Play or iOS App Store and share your coin with the Lookzee forums. The forum is a great place to connect with coin collectors and learn more about coins!

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